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Friday, December 18, 2009

World's Greatest Dad DVD Review

World's Greatest Dad DVD Review

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Synopsis: Robin Williams stars as Lance Clayton, a man who has learned to settle.  He dreamed of being a rich and famous writer, but has only managed to make it as an unpopular high school poetry teacher.  His only son Kyle (Daryl Sabara) is an insufferable jackass who won't give his father the time of day.  He is dating Claire (Alexie Gilmore), the school's adorable art teacher, but she doesn't want to get serious, or even acknowledge publicly that they are dating.  Then, in the wake of a freak accident, Lance suffers the worst tragedy and greatest opportunity of his life. He is suddenly faced with the possibility of all the fame, fortune and popularity he ever dreamed of, if he can only live with the knowledge of how he got there.

Review: This is one of those films that can only be categorized as a dark comedy.  Robin Williams is generally known for his outrageous hilarity, but over the past decade he's done some more independant style roles and this one takes the cake.   This is the darkest film I've seen since Kevin Spacy American Beauty.

In many of the scenes its what Williams doesn't say, rather than what he does that really hits home.  His silent foreboding looks.  You can see him trying to absorb and understand what has happened to his life and to our society in general.  The lack of intimacy and closeness...opportunism, narcissism and other negative effects that have overrun society over the past few decades.

I truly enjoyed this film.  It doesn't give you the American ending.  You don't get the cliche moments of redemption.  This really can only be categorized as an independant film with a mainstream actor who is clearly searching for a deeper voice in his older years on the screen.  I have learned that I much prefer Robin Williams in dramatic roles.  I highly recommend this one if you're into alternative film and dark comedies.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars